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Digital Scholarship Symposium 2024

Event details for the 2024 Digital Scholarship Symposium hosted in the Catalyst



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Björn Anderson, Associate Professor, Art History, School of Art, Art History, and Design, University of Iowa 

Björn Anderson received MA and PhD degrees in Classical Art & Archaeology from the University of Michigan. A specialist in the study of material, cultural, and visual interaction in the ancient Mediterranean and Western Asia, he has taught a variety of courses in ancient art and archaeology. His publications focus on the art and archaeology of ancient Arabia and Persia.  He is a co-director of the new Exploring Continuity and Transition in Southern Jordan Project, which aims to investigate the long-term changes and continuities in the region from the Iron Age to the Islamic period. 

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Gloria Betcher, Teaching Professor, English, Iowa State University

Ames City Councilmember Gloria Betcher heads a team researching Black Iowa State College (ISC) students to 1950 for the Tracing Race at ISU Initiative. In 2022, her civic leadership and historical research resulted in the renaming of Ames Municipal Airport for ISC student and Black flight pioneer James Herman Banning. 

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Alex Braidwood, Associate Professor and DoGE, Graphic Design, Iowa State University; President, World Listening Project

Alex Braidwood is a sound artist, media designer, and educator who maintains a practice exploring issues of sustainability at the intersection of art and science.

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Colin Gordon, Professor, History, University of Iowa

Colin Gordon is Professor of History at the University of Iowa.  He is the author of several books most recently,  Patchwork Apartheid: Private Restrictions, Racial Segregation, and Urban Inequality.  His digital projects include Growing Apart: A Political History of American Inequality; Dividing the City: Race-Restrictive Covenants in St. Louis and St. Louis County; Citizen Brown; and Mapping Segregation in Iowa.    

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Ashley Howard, Assistant Professor, History and African American Studies, University of Iowa

Ashley Howard is assistant professor of history and African American Studies at the University of Iowa. Howard’s first book Midwest Unrest is under contract with UNC Press. Her work has appeared in numerous other scholarly and media outlets. In 2021, she was recognized for her public-facing scholarship in the wake of the 2020 George Floyd uprisings with the university-wide Faculty Communicating Ideas award.

In 2023, Howard and Gordon were awarded a Mellon Foundation grant to examine race-based property restrictions in Iowa. 

Megan Jeanette Myers, Associate Professor, Spanish, Iowa State University

Dr. Megan Jeanette Myers is the author of Mapping Hispaniola: Third Space in Dominican and Haitian Literature (2019) and co-editor of The Border of Lights Reader: Bearing Witness to Genocide in the Dominican Republic (2021). Myers directs the Languages and Cultures for Professions program at Iowa State and was a 2021-2022 U.S. Fulbright Scholar to the Dominican Republic. Myers recently co-edited a special issue of Hispania on Digital Humanities in Spanish and Portuguese. 

Erin Ridnour, Digital Scholarship Librarian, Iowa State University

Erin leads the Tracing Race at ISU initiative and was the coordinator and co-PI for the CLIR-funded digitization project Avian Archives of Iowa Online (avIAn). She collaborates with students, faculty, and staff on digital projects and teaches workshops and class sessions on geospatial humanities, text analysis, and digital storytelling.

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Nikki JD White, Digital Humanities Librarian, University of Iowa

Nikki has been supporting student and faculty DH projects in the UI Libraries for over 10 years. She has led workshops and 1-sh courses on data visualization, data preparation, research poster design, and digital exhibits, and given trainings on data handling, web development, and text analysis in faculty-taught courses. 

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Olivia Wikle, Head, Digital Scholarship and Initiatives, Iowa State University

Olivia supports a team focused on digital collections, the digital repository, and digital scholarship, and is passionate about fostering collaboration to strengthen digital initiatives within the library and beyond. She is a co-developer of the CollectionBuilder static web framework, and her research interests include sustainability in digital libraries and digital literacy instruction.